83-year-old Ibrahim Mbombo Njoya died on Monday 27 September at a hospital in Paris where he was evacuated a few days ago. This pillar of President Biya’s regime has had a long political and administrative career crowned by his being crowned King of Bamoun.
as reported from Yaoundé, Polycarp Essomba
He was known as one of the most influential people in the country, one of the last and faithful friends of President Paul Biya. Ibrahim Mbombo Njoya was born in October 1937 in Foumban, a city in western Cameroon. He graduated from the Institute of Administrative Studies in Dakar and joined the Cameroonian administration in 1958, two years before Cameroon’s accession to independence. He was then the Secretary-General of the French Republic in Cameroon.
A long career before he succeeded his father His administrative career has therefore only been an eternal rise. For example, he has led seven ministerial departments, including territorial administration, information and culture. He also served as Cameroon’s Ambassador to Equatorial Guinea and Egypt.
In 1992, his life changed with the death of his father Seidou Njimouluh Njoya. He succeeds him to the throne of the Bamoun Sultanate. He thus becomes king of this important traditional chiefdom, one of the oldest and most powerful in the country, which has a population of almost 2 million souls. The beginning of a 29-year reign.
Politically, Ibrahim Mbombo Njoya was an influential member of the UNC, the party created by Ahmadou Ahidjo, the first president of the Republic of Cameroon. But even more of the CPDM for Paul Biya, of which he was a member of the Central Committee and the Political Bureau.
His death on Monday, September 27, paved the way for the appointment of a new king, basically among his sons.
He was the only one who said that the president had to think about preparing another person to succeed him. He said in 2016 that we should not confuse the life of a political party in power with the life of an individual.
Moussa Njoya (his cinema) talks about the influence he had on Cameroonian politics